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At this pediatric ‘shark tank,’ the children win

Part of a continuing series of videotaped sessions at Boston Children’s Hospital’s recent Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014. It was an ABC “Shark Tank” lover’s dream: At this pediatric Innovation Tank moderated by Daymond John, venture capitalists and clinicians fielded pitches from innovators looking to advance their care solution before a packed audience….

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The sharks are circling health care

On ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank,” a panel of veteran investors listens to business pitches for everything from new dietary supplements to a nail salon for men. After asking tough questions, each shark either backs the venture—sometimes not for the reasons you’d think—or more likely declares, “I’m out.” It’s a great infotainment formula—even my 10-year-old…

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Attracting venture capitalists: 6 tips to get ready for the shark tank

If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank, you’ve gotten a taste of venture capitalists’ (VC) innate skepticism and hard-nosed ability to triage ideas. A recent webinar hosted by Cambridge Healthtech Associates offered a good practical “101” for scientists, inventors and clinical innovators—which we’ve distilled into the six tips below. 1.  Find the pain. VCs will want…

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Building a clinician-centric healthcare accelerator

Who better to innovate in healthcare than doctors, nurses and others on the front lines? They know what’s broken. They want to fix it. And they understand healthcare’s complexity. Some have taken part in hackathons and pitch competitions. But once these events are over, most find they’re too busy to develop their ideas and that…

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Ten child health innovations headed to SXSWi

Innovation in pediatrics is alive and well. On March 14, at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival in Austin, Tex., Impact Pediatric Health will run its second annual pitch competition for digital health and medical device startups. Based on the ten child health innovations to be pitched, it promises to be as inspiring as last…

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Giving thanks to scientists, innovators, parents and more

It’s been an exciting year for pediatric health care. As Thanksgiving draws near, Vector is taking a pause to acknowledge the inspiring people and ideas that are helping set the table for a better future. What are we thankful for? The growing cadre of citizen scientists — passionate parents pushing for answers for their kids,…

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Innovation Tank: And the winner is … AIR

“These start-ups are really looking to change the world. [They won’t be] the next Uber or Facebook. [Instead] they will really affect lives in the pediatric space,” said Troy Carter, founder and CEO of the entertainment company Atom Factory and newly named guest shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” as he introduced the Innovation Tank at…

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Three child-focused products to compete at Boston Children’s Hospital Innovation Tank

The creators of a powered arm brace, a device to aid newborn resuscitation and a platform for virtual nutritional consults have been chosen to present at Boston Children’s Hospital’s second annual pitch competition—otherwise known as the Innovation Tank—during the hospital’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2015. Presented by the health care company Philips, the…

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Advances in SCID (“bubble boy” disease): A Q&A with a child hematologist/oncologist

Sung-Yun Pai, MD, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, was lead author on two recent articles on severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) in The New England Journal of Medicine. The first reviewed outcomes after bone marrow transplantation; the second reported the first results of a new international gene therapy trial…

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Bringing gaming to mental health: My one-minute pitch at SXSW

Jason Kahn, PhD, is a co-founder of Neuro’motion, a research associate at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a part-time instructor at Harvard Medical School. Earlier this month, I traveled to SXSW Interactive 2015 to introduce my company, Neuro’motion. We build mobile video games and toys to build emotional strength in children, improve access to mental health…

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